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Vangelis (1943–2022)

Vangelis was a composer and performer who worked almost exclusively with electronic instruments. With Jean-Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield in the 1970s, Vangelis was a pioneer in the instrumental music and a main influence in the creation of the musical genre "new age," a style related to spiritual, meditation, relaxing ambient sounds as well as ... See full bio »


(age 79) in France

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Known For

Blade Runner Composer
Chariots of Fire Composer
Alexander Composer


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 2018 090909 (Short) (completed)
 2022 Para não esquecer (Recollecting) (Documentary)
 2021-2022 The Sermon (Podcast Series documentary) (9 episodes)
- Persian Prophet (2022)
- Reality of Jahad (2022)
- Modern Misread (2022)
- Islamic Republic (2021)
 2020 The Saqar (Documentary short) (music by)
 2019 Oreines symfonies (Documentary)
 2019 The Holy Mecca (Documentary)
 2019 The Third Law (Short)
 2017 Mr Lonely and Your Soul (Short) (music)
 2017 Bell Jingler (Short)
 2013 The End for Shawn (Short)
 2013 Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (Documentary)
 2013 La Petite Fille De La Mer (Short)
 2012 Trashed (Documentary)
 2011 Ici rien (Short documentary)
 2011 Susret (Short) (music by)
 2011 Rupture: A Matter of Life or Death (Documentary)
 2011 Shawn's Final Countdown (Short)
 2010 The Seven Sages of Antiquity (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 Swiadectwo (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 Aeternus (Short) (uncredited)
 2007 The Electric Dreamer: Remembering Philip K. Dick (Video documentary short)
 2007 El Greco (music composed and performed by)
 2007 Modern Greeks: C.P. Cavafy (TV Movie documentary) (background music to 'Ithaka')
 2006 Dancing for Oliver (Documentary)
 2005 Perfect Is the Enemy of Good (Video documentary short)
 2005 Resurrecting 'Alexander' (Video documentary short)
 2005 The Death of 'Alexander' (Video documentary short)
 2004 Ecuba
 2004 Alexander
 2001 I Hope (Short)
 1999 Taal (from "The Bounty", uncredited)
 1996 Cavafy (as Vangelis Papathanasiou)
 1992 Rio 92 Earth Summit (TV Short documentary)
 1992 Vangelis: Conquest of Paradise (Music Video)
 1992 Bitter Moon
 1992 La mer volée (TV Short documentary)
 1990 Mouseio Goulandri Fysikis Istorias (Documentary)
 1989 Les dossiers de l'écran (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1989 Francesco
 1985 Dumb Animals (TV Short) (uncredited)
 1984 Sauvage et beau (Documentary)
 1976-1984 L'opéra sauvage (TV Series documentary) (18 episodes)
- Singapour, cette ville qui vient de la mer (1984) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Zimbabwe (1984) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Au début ce fut la musique (1980) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Le coeur musicien (1980) ... (as Vangelis)
- Un rythme absolu (1979) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
 1984 The Bounty
 1983 Skies (Short)
 1983 Antarctica
 1982 Fur: You Deserve It (Short)
 1982 Blade Runner (music composed by)
 1982 Missing (music composed by)
 1981 La perdiz (Short)
 1981 Pablo Picasso Painter (Documentary)
 1981 Chariots of Fire (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
 1980 Defiant Delta
 1980 Death of a Princess (TV Movie)
 1976 Crime and Passion (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
 1976 La fête sauvage (Documentary)
 1975 Do You Hear the Dogs Barking? (as Vangiles Papathalnassiou)
 1974 Melody (TV Movie)
 1974 Love
 1973 Verve (Short)
 1973 L'apocalypse des animaux (TV Mini Series documentary) (6 episodes)
- L'enfant et la mer (1973) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- La peur du loup (1973) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Traquer le chasseur (1973) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Une mémoire d'éléphant (1973) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
- Les animaux et les hommes (1973) ... (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
 1971 Frenitis (as Vangelis Papathanasiou)
 1970 Sex-Power (as Vangelis Papathanassiou)
 1969 Aphrodite's Child (Short) (as Aphrodite's Child)
 1967 The Face of Medusa (as Vangelis Papathanasiou)
 1966 5,000 Lies (as Vangelis Papathanasiou)
 1963 My Brother, the Traffic Policeman (as Vangelis Papathanasiou)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Official Anthem of the 2002 FIFA World Cup. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Aphrodite's Child | also Vangelis Kalafatis | Vangiles Papathalnassiou | Vangelis Papathanasiou | Vangelis Papathanassiou | Jon and Vangelis | Papathanassíou Vangélis

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Personal Quote:

"I function as a channel through which music emerges from the chaos of noise." - September, 1988, "Direct" liner notes. See more »


He had no children. See more »


Electronic music in an orchestral style

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